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May 21st, 2010

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03:33 pm - Pac-Man Turns 30
So, this week Pac-Man turned 30, and Google changed their logo to present it as a playable Pac-Man game.

Yes, I played a single level at work when I saw that. I will admit to it.

I remember the old Pac-Man games, though they were pretty old by the time I was old enough to play them. About the only places that still had them were Pizza Huts, and the occasional mall arcade.

While you can still find a Pizza Hut, you can't find a mall arcade anymore, I'm afraid. Personally, I feel that's backwards.

I still think it's a cool game. But then, I don't really require three dimensional sprites to make my gaming experience whole. I'm okay with 8 bits and virtually unlimited play through levels that focuses on "winning" by achieving a higher score, not by completing a storyline.

Hmm. . . maybe I'm just not an "achiever," really. Maybe that's all it is. I just like to play the game :)
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Date:May 21st, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
My ex has a full sized Pac-Man arcade game in his basement. It's AWESOME.
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Date:May 22nd, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
There are great mall arcades in Phoenix. The one Craig and I used to go on dates to was two stories tall. I don't usually shop at malls anymore but I agree, I haven't seen them at many malls of late. We all have video games on our computers at home now, why would we need to socialize with real people?
Date:May 22nd, 2010 11:01 am (UTC)
Ann Arbor is fortunate enough to have a very large, very good video arcade still in business (and they have about twenty pinball machines too, even better in my eyes):

Oddly, I still remember the day when one of my seventh grade classmates told me there was a new video game out at the drugstore where you ran around a maze eating dots and being chased by ghosts. And I absolutely remember memorizing the patterns for every maze. (Never did get past the fourth key, though.)
Date:May 22nd, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
Oh, and here's the link I meant to include: http://www.pinballpetes.net/
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Date:May 22nd, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
Which apparently isn't really a web page, try: http://cityvoter.com/pinball-pete-s-1214-s-university-ave-ann-arbor-mi-48104/loc/161343

(Also, I have no idea why I wasn't logged in before, but that was me posting that.)
Date:May 22nd, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
I think most people assume that you can find arcade-style games on the internet. It isn't the same, though.

My university's English department set up a video game lab, which has an arcade style feel, but with old, out of style game consoles.

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Date:May 23rd, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Old by the time you were old enough to play them? Sometimes I forget how much older than you I am.

Did you know there was a Pac-Man cartoon?? :) (Google it. You know you want to.)
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Date:May 24th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
A year or two made all the difference in the 70/80's, especially in the later half of the 70's and early half of the 80's. It could influence the cartoons you recall, the games (or game systems) you played, how you remember certain events, or even whether you said the Pledge of Allegiance in school.

And I already know the cartoon :)
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Date:May 24th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
There is a mall arcade in the Indian Mound Mall in Hebron/ Newark.
I think it's the last one in the area, however. It IS sad.

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